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Which other symptoms of skin cancer are there other than a mole?

Which other symptoms of skin cancer are there other than a mole?

ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with asymmetry boarders that are irregular color differences within the same mole diameter greater than 6mm also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Are all large moles cancerous?

Are all large moles cancerous?

No: However, recommend annual head to toe evaluation of skin & nails to insure that no skin lesions appear to be consistent with malignancy. ...Read more

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What do cancerous moles look like?

What do cancerous moles look like?

Changing mole: It can be hard to tell sometimes but for the lay person, any mole that is changing color, character, bleeds, gets darker, gets irregular or has symptoms, should be examined by a physician knowlegeable about such lesions. A dermatologist is a specialist in this area. If you are even in doubt, get it checked out. Google warning signs of skin cancers. ...Read more

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What are black moles and are they cancerous?

What are black moles and are they cancerous?

ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with asymmetry boarders that are irregular color differences within the same mole diameter greater than 6mm also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having cancerous moles?

What are the chances of having cancerous moles?

Depends on the mole: While moles are generally benign, or non-cancerous, there are some that can contain cancer. One class of mole, called congenital giant nevus, is very large and dark and can become a melanoma. Typical moles are very unlikely to be cancerous, but any concerning lesion should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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Are moles with irregular borders always cancerous?

Are moles with irregular borders always cancerous?

Follow-up: Moles should be photographed and followed by a dermatologist. Irregular borders are not always cancerous. Careful follow-up and observation for redness, ulceration, or pigment spillage are concerning. Please see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Please answer, are all irregular shaped moles cancerous?

Please answer, are all irregular shaped moles cancerous?

No, not always!: Most primary melanomas have irregular margins (border) but not all irregular moles are cancerous. If the mole has changed in size or share or become irregular recetly, then a biopsy of the mole is advised. Without biopsy we can not be certain about it being cancerous. ...Read more

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Are all moles that change cancerous? I've always had a lot of moles and I'm almost 35... some have changed. None are painful.

Are all moles that change cancerous? I've always had a lot of moles and I'm almost 35... some have changed. None are painful.

Well, since we can't: See your moles - rather than take chances would encourage you to see dermatologist for a head to toe check of your skin. That way - it can be determined if any of your moles appear suspicious or need to be biopsied. Take care. ...Read more

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I have 4 moles with 2 or 3 shades of brown are they more likely to be atypical moles because there are 4 rather than cancerous?

I have 4 moles with 2 or 3 shades of brown are they more likely to be atypical moles because there are 4 rather than cancerous?

It depends on size: Moles which are >4-5 mm in size (bigger than pencil eraser) are often considered abnormal or Atypical. If there is mixture of colors instead of one uniform color, then the moles become suspect for Melanoma. You should show these to your doctor who may consider doing a biopsy if there is suspicion of melanoma. The main warning sign of melanoma to watch for is a changing mole (in color or size) ...Read more

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Are red moles cancerous?

Are red moles cancerous?

Usually not: Black/brown moles are more likely to be cancerous. Most red ones do not change and are typically benign. But if the mole you have gets bigger, like more than one cm in size, then you should go see your doctor to be sure that it is benign. ...Read more

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Is a mole always cancerous?

Mole: The vast majority of moles are not cancerous and never will become cancerous. ...Read more

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Cancerous mole on my back?

See a dermatologist: If there is a concern you should see your physician or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How to tell if my mole is cancerous?

ABCD/mole: Is what you should google, and they even show pictures. Briefly, border symmetry, color variation, growth both radial and verticle. Your doctor and the a dermatologist skilled in melanom is next step. ...Read more

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Any suggestions on how to treat cancerous moles?

Any suggestions on how to treat cancerous moles?

Please clarify: "cancerous mole" is not really a diagnosis. This term most frequently refers to a melanoma. If it is a melanoma, the "mole" itself will have to be removed surgically. Although not usually described as a mole, if the lesion is another type of skin cancer, like squamous cell or basal cell carcinoma, surgery or radiation therapy could be options for treatment. ...Read more

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Is it true if your mole grows hairs then it's not cancerous?

Is it true if your mole grows hairs then it's not cancerous?

Not entirely true: Hair in the moles do not guarantee safety. So if the mole is showing any signs of change in : increased growth or change in color and size, then go see a dermatologist for biopsy/excision. ...Read more

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Why do moles cause cancer?

Why do moles cause cancer?

They can change!: Melanoma is a skin cancer that involves the cells which produce pigment. Moles on our skin also contain the same cells so when they change and appear worrisome (the abcde's) we worry about those cells transforming into melanoma. So moles don't cause cancer but can transform into cancer given the right conditions (sun exposure, family/genetic history. Etc.). Visit www. Skincancer. Org for more info. ...Read more

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How does a cancerous mole look?

How does a cancerous mole look?

ABCD: Just remember the abc's. A- asymmetric or irregular b- bleeds c- color changes d- diameter or size enlargement. ...Read more

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Moles (Definition)

A mole (also called a nevus) is a localized overgrowth of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Most moles are benign. However, these cells can become cancerous. This is known as melanoma, ...Read more


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